Emma Thompson is joining writer/director Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures, an adaptation of the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, says Heat Vision.
In the book, high-school student Ethan Wate meets and becomes bewitched by Lena Duchannes, a 16-year-old whose family has moved to the small South Carolina town where he lives. The two must confront a curse that has haunted her family for generations as she comes to grips with her powers.
Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert will play Ethan and Lena in the film. Viola Davis will play a librarian and friend of Ethan’s mother. Thompson will play the dual role of Mrs. Lincoln, who is a small town religious firebrand, and Sarafine, who is the dark witch who possesses her.
Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the Alcon Entertainment project.